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Robert Molloy

Rank: Private
Townland: Abbeylara
Town/Village: Abbeylara
Civil Parish: Abbeylara
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Ballyboy, Abbeylara, Co. Longford
Census 1901: Resident at Abbeylara
Census 1911: Possible entry as RIC constable in Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 1545
Date of Death: 01-09-1914
Cause: Killed in action, likely the Battle of Le Cateau.
Memorial: La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne, France

Robert was born c.1885 in Lawrencetown, Co. Galway, as were a number of his siblings, but reared in Abbeylara. His father, John, was a former R.I.C. officer and was a native of Longford. There is strong evidence to suggest that Robert was also a member of the Constabulary, No. 64992, prior to the outbreak of the war. 

Pte Molloy enlisted in Birkenhead, Cheshire

Robert's brother, Pte John George Molloy served with the 1st King's Royal Rifles and discussed Robert's death in an article in the Longford Leader (link below). 

Parents Names: Son of John Molloy, Abbeylara, Co. Longford and the late Mary (née Blacoe)

Link to CWGC entry;  Longford Leader, Abbeylara Soldier's Experience - To Avenge His Brother, 16 Oct 1915; Freemans Journal, Casualty Lists, Feb 1915; Irish Examiner, Casualty List, Feb 1915 (as J. Molloy); 

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